Polytechnique Massacre 26th Anniversary Ceremonies Underway in Montreal

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A commemoration service Sunday afternoon to mark the 26th anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre in Montreal included fourteen white roses bearing the names of each woman who were killed. (Jaela Bernstien/CBC)

MONTREAL – City remembers 14 lives lost during École Polytechnique shooting on Dec. 6, 1989

Ceremonies took place today to commemorate the 26th anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre in Montreal.

On Dec. 6, 1989, 14 women were killed at the engineering school by a gunman professing to hate feminists and women’s place in society. Another 14 people were injured before the gunman took his own life.

Two rallies in Montreal honoured the memory of the 14 women killed.

The first rally began at 11:45 a.m. ET at Place-du-6-décembre, a memorial park close to École Polytechnique.

People gathered to remember the victims and highlight ongoing issues of gender inequality and violence against women.

A second gathering started at 5 p.m. on Montreal’s Mount Royal. Fourteen beams of light were projected onto the night sky over the city, representing each of the victims.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was expected to attend.

The Olympic Stadium is one of many monuments countrywide that were being illuminated in red to honour the victims.

Courtesy of CBC News

With Files From The Canadian Press 

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